KIDS' GIZMOS VIE AT SCIENCE EVEN.Byline: Romy Jacobson Daily News Staff Writer
Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Petros stood trembling on a platform more than 27 feet above the floor of the Hillview Middle School Hillview Middle School is a public middle school in Menlo Park, California, part of the Menlo Park City School District. It is notable as having been named a California Distinguished School seven times. gymnasium as she dropped an egg in the ``naked egg drop'' event into a ``landing pad'' she and her partner, 13-year-old Jimmy Miconi, constructed at the second yearly Super Science Saturday in Palmdale.
``We went on the second story of the house to test it,'' said Elizabeth, who was still trying to overcome the jitters jitters 'Butterflies' Psychology An episode of nervousness or anxiety that often precedes a public event; jitters is a type of performance anxiety which may affect actors in a stage production–stage fright or soloist musicians; it may respond to anxiolytics .
``It was fun but while we were dropping it, I was kind of nervous,'' said Jimmy. ``It seemed like it was in slow motion when the egg was dropping.''
``I've had kids at my house for two weeks straight,'' said Jimmy's father, Jim Miconi. ``When I was growing up they didn't have this. The kids are involved. It shows teamwork and they really just have a lot of fun doing it.''
The second Super Science Saturday - sponsored by the Westside Union School District - gave more than 225 fourth- through eighth-graders an opportunity to participate in a variety of events covering many areas of science, including physics, biology and engineering.
Some of the events featured bottle rockets, vehicles operated with rubber bands, and straw towers.
``It covers all areas of science,'' said Super Science Saturday committee member Paula Sour - a teacher at Joe Walker Middle School. ``We wanted to allow more students in our district to experience an event of this nature. We wanted to reach more students with this kind of opportunity.''
``This is my second time in it,'' said 14-year-old Tony Henderson of Joe Walker Middle School, who likes science and math, and plans to be a civil engineer or accountant. ``It's a lot of fun.''
In addition to the activities, Station 84 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La put on a demonstration of the Jaws of Life Jaws of Life
A trademark used for a pneumatic tool consisting of a pincerlike metal device that is inserted into the body of a severely damaged vehicle and opened to provide access to people trapped inside.
Noun 1. for students.
The children also had an opportunity to take a musical journey into the past - courtesy of a 1908 Victor Phonograph phonograph: see record player.
or record player
Instrument for reproducing sounds. A phonograph record stores a copy of sound waves as a series of undulations in a wavy groove inscribed on its rotating surface by the , a record player operated by spring power, that was on exhibit.
Other exhibits included a land speed record car owned by Verlin Marshall and Gary Banta, which can reach speeds in excess of 231 mph, and a NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Independent U.S. booth.
``I love science,'' said Jimmy Miconi. ``Science is my favorite My Favorite is an independent synthpop band from Long Island, New York. They released two CDs: Love at Absolute Zero and Happiest Days of Our Lives. My Favorite broke up on September 14, 2005, when singer Andrea Vaughn left the band. subject, along with math.''
PHOTO (1--color) Rancho Vista Elementary student Julian Molloy, 10, drops an egg in a craft he designed to keep it whole at Saturday's science fair.
(2--color) Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County firefighters demonstrate a Jaws of Life rescue.
(3--color) A water bottle rocket descends after launch by makers Jeremy Allen and Nick Miconi, both 11.
(4) Joe Walker Middle School's Tawny Swift, 12, left, and Amanda Nelson, 11, run their rubber band car in Palmdale's science fair.
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